April 25 2013 10:09AM
The conclusion of the lockout shortened 2013 NHL regular season is almost upon us, which means that it's time to hand out some hardware. Read on for my picks for the Hart, Norris, Vezina, and more.
April 24 2013 05:31PM
Here's your 2012-13 Canucks official team photo.
Busy day at your second (or maybe even your third) favorite Canucks blog. We looked at how the potential deal to bring Vancouver's newly acquired AHL affiliate to Abbotsford has failed and what other options the Canucks might pursue, we noted that Modo's new coaching staff has some curious Canucks ties, we reacted to the news of Cory Schneider's injury, applauded Mike Gillis's willingness to burn Frank Corrado's entry-level contract, and updated the myriad of injury statuses for a variety of Canucks mainstays.
Read past the jump for other Canucks news, a sick Canucks .gif and other links.
April 24 2013 02:53PM
There isn't much reason to worry about Vancouver's multitude of walking wounded, apparently.
Mike Gillis appeared on the Team 1040 with Blake Price and Matt Sekeres on the "Canucks Lunch" on Wednesday afternoon (podcast here), and, of course, right off the bat Vancouver's General Manager was grilled about the injury status of Cory Schneider, Chris Tanev, Keith Ballard and Kevin Bieksa. He delivered good news across the board, which should come as a huge relief for Canucks fans.
I get asked about Canucks player injuries all the time on Twitter, as if I know more than what's out there in the public record. Anyway due to the frequency with which I'm asked about the team's injury status, I figured I'd assemble the latest updates in one reference post for those who are interested. Read past the jump for more.
Gillis would "absolutely" burn the first year of Corrado's ELC if he's "going to help us win hockey games"
April 24 2013 02:09PM
Photograph by Jonathan Hayward / CP.
Mike Gillis gave Matt Sekeres and Blake Price a pretty meaty interview on the Team 1040 on Wednesday afternoon. We'll probably pivot off of a couple of things he said today, just because there was enough content to legitimately do so, but let's start with some choice comments Mike Gillis had on the subject of Frank Corrado and entry-level contracts.
In particular Gillis was asked if the team would be willing to burn the first year of Corrado's entry-level contract, which because Frank Corrado didn't turn twenty until this past spring is on schedule to "slide" so long the rookie defenceman plays in fewer than six NHL games, including playoffs, this season. His answer was definitive, so read on past the jump.
April 24 2013 10:35AM
You just knew when Luongo wasn't moved at the deadline that he'd factor into the playoffs somehow.
Photo Credit Jeff Vinnick
As if this isn't the most typically Vancouver Canucks news item of the season:
Cory Schneider is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. Joe Cannata is re-called from the Chicago Wolves of the AHL.— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) April 24, 2013
There are a couple of things worth noting here. First of all "day-to-day" tells us absolutely nothing about Schneider's status or the injuries severity. Also the team is in full blown playoff mode in not disclosing the nature of the injury at all. My guess is it's at least somewhat serious or the wording wouldn't be so cryptic and the roll out of the news probably wouldn't be so official.
So will Cory Schneider be back for game one of the postseason? It's impossible to tell, frankly, but I'd bet he tries. Read past the jump.